Alex Palzewicz

MEDC Pitch Contest Awards Upper Peninsula Value Added Producers

Another big wave of support has made its way to Upper Peninsula value-added food producers! As economic recovery efforts across Michigan gather momentum, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) is continuing to find innovative opportunities to collaborate with local partners to bring critical support and growth opportunities to small businesses. The U.P. Food Processing Pitch […]

Strengthening Michigan’s Seafood Industry

Whether it’s haddock or crab from the Atlantic Coast, or a shrimp grown in Michigan (yes, really!), how much seafood do you consume at home every week? During a normal year, how many times did you order seafood at a restaurant? According to Chris Chase of SeafoodSource, “In 2019, foodservice and retail seafood sales both […]

Moving U.P. Food Businesses Online

We are excited to announce that Taste the Local Difference has partnered with the Upper Peninsula Small Business and Development Center (SBDC) to offer 20 U.P. food and farming businesses online sales and marketing support!  Upper Peninsula small businesses, like the rest of the state, have been thrown a lot of curveballs, to put it […]

Five Food Focused Films for 2021

I love using film as a method to learn more about food. Each February, I share some films that have impacted my perspective around food. See my picks for this year, in no particular order. Gather – 2020 – Rent on Vimeo  This powerful film tells important stories of Native American’s reclaiming their spiritual, political […]

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All Things Local: Yooper Jambalaya

During a normal year, the Marquette Food Co-op regularly hosts food demonstrations and hands-on cooking classes. However, this year, they are hosting these events virtually with an area chef, dietitian, or staff member. Their latest virtual cooking class featured Alex Palzewicz, the Market Manager for the Upper Peninsula Food Exchange and TLD’s own Sales Coordinator, […]

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Les Cheneaux Culinary School: Cultivating Culinary & Local Food Culture

Les Cheneaux Culinary School (LCCS), located in Hessel, was brought to life in September of 2014 by the Les Cheneaux Community Foundation (LCCF), a group of individuals who hoped to grow their local economy by championing a farm-to-table focused vocational school.  Students begin in the fall by visiting local farms and harvesting their own ingredients. […]